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Lassi – a traditional Indian drink

India is a country with rich history and culture. The variety of the Indian cuisine is well-known and enjoyed around the world. But it is not only the amazing dishes Indian cuisine is famous for, it is also the amazing drinks. One of the most popular traditional drinks in India is called Lassi. It is a blend of yogurt, spices, water and sometimes fruit. There is a wide range of variations on how to prepare this drink. The traditional Lassi is savoury drink that can be flavoured with ground and roasted cumin. The Sweet Lassi, on the other hand, contains fruits and sugar, while the salted mint Lassi is more refreshing.

In some religions, like the Dharmic religions, yogurt sweetened with honey was used in conducting religious rituals. For us at KoolBa, Lassi is a great refreshing drink to accompany our fresh Indian dishes. As one of the Merchant City Restaurants, KoolBa has proven its great quality food and services. We offer a wide range of traditional and non-traditional Indian drinks to suit your taste and can recommend the one that will go best with your dish. The types of Lassi we can prepare include:

Traditional sweet or salty Lassi

The traditional sweet or salty Lassi is most common in North India and the Punjab provinces of Pakistan. The drink is prepared by mixing yogurt with water, sugar and spices. The sugar can be substituted by salt, which results in the slated Lassi which is similar to Ayran and Doogh – drinks popular in other cultures.

Sweet Lassi

The sweet Lassi is prepared by mixing water, yogurt, sugar and spices. It is often flavoured with rosewater and/or lemon, strawberry, or other fruits or fruit juices. Some examples, like the Saffron Lass, are a specialty of Rajasthan and Gujarat in India, and Sindh in Pakistan, and are characterised with a very strong and rich taste. Makkhaniya Lassi, on the other hand, is a Lassi with lumps of butter in it that has the creamy consistency of a milkshake.

Mango Lassi


The Mango Lassi is a variety that is quickly gaining popularity worldwide. Made from yogurt, water and mango pulp it can be consumed with or without added sugar. It is very popular in UK, Malaysia, Singapore and the US. In some areas like Canada, a Mango Lassi is made with sweetened kesar mango, cream, yogurt, and ice cream and served in a tall glass. It is usually presented with ground pistachio sprinkled on top.


Chaas is a salted drink similar to Lassi that contains more water and has the butterfat removed. As a result it is not as thick as Lassi. It is consumed with salt and cumin seeds, and sometimes fresh coriander is added. Other seasoning includes green chillies and ground ginger. It is most popular in the Indian states of Gujarat and Rajasthan where it is usually consumed with a main dish.

Lassies are enjoyed chilled and mostly taken with lunch. They are great for refreshment in a hot weather and with turmeric powder or similar spices added it is known to help digestion. In Pakistan the salted Lassis is served with almost all kinds of meals. It is predominantly made at home, but is also available in shops in great variety.

KoolBa – a Merchant City restaurant

If you would like to try amazing traditional Indian cuisine and drinks then KoolBa is the place to go. As one of the Merchant City Restaurants we are strategically located to satisfy the needs of our customers whether they visit us for lunch, dinner or a special occasion. If you want a unique experience then contact us and make a reservation.